Of Birds & Beasties 2

Frog-a-go-go

Green Tree Frog – you find these all over Queensland and New South Wales. They hop around the verandahs of your house and climb up inside your toilet so it’s a heck of a shock when you go to the restroom and find a frog (or three) eyeballing you from the toilet bowl!

Horse in early morning mist 1

I got up early one morning when we first moved to New South Wales, it was misty and this stallion appeared in the mist as if he was posing for a selfie. It was a quite eerie, mysterious morning.

Horses at Ned's Bed dam

Two horses when we were staying at Ned’s Bed, the pet motel on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. They would always come up to the fence around our cabin to have a sticky-beak at us.

Ma 'Roo & Joey

A mother kangaroo & her joey at Ned’s Bed pet motel on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. The ‘roo family used to come out to grace in the early dawn and late dusk, but were very skittish.

Kangaroos at Boonah

A mob of fairly tame kangaroos on the outskirts of Boonah, S-E Queensland

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A spider I photographed at night on the outside of our window.

Praying Mantis

A well-camouflaged praying mantis, photographed at Boonah, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia

White-headed lizard 1

A White-Headed Lizard native to Cyprus

Brown Snake

Brown Snake – very common where we lived at Boonah, south-east Queensland. Venomous!

Carpet Python

Carpet Python – I once had an encounter with a 12-foot python which sounds dramatic but actually these snakes are harmless. They aren’t venomous and eat possums, insects and small mammals. Have one in your roof – as we did – and you won’t have a problem with possums or rats stomping around in the middle of the night.

Echidna

Echidna – we had one of these shy, weird-looking creatures on our block halfway up Mt French in Queensland. It puttered along, muttering to itself, curled into a ball when it picked up motion from us, then eventually uncurled and went on its merry way.

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman spider – Along with wolf spiders, these are shy and harmless and try to stay out of your way. They eat flies and mosquitoes and other insects, so we co-existed happily with these big spiders and never had any problems with them.

King Brown Snake

King Brown Snake – another venomous snake which was fairly common where we lived at Boonah, in south-east Queensland. Generally, snakes will get out of your way and keep to themselves. They will only get aggressive if they feel threatened.

Red-bellied Black Snake

Red-bellied Black Snake – these are venomous and we had one in our front garden in Boonah township. Our little Jack Russell was just going to attack it when my husband stopped her. Luckily, as snake bites are all too often fatal for all sorts of dogs – small, medium and large. Interestingly, cats can often go away and sleep off the venom and re-emerge quite healthy.

Taipan Snake

Taipan Snake – deadly venomous, aggressive, bite is often lethal. We had one in our front room which, luckily, only wanted to escape and took itself off. We only found out later it was a taipan and they were rife in our area – which is when we had our nervous breakdown!

Here I’ve included the various frogs, snakes and other odds

Wolf Spider - shy, non-aggressive - a sheep in wolf's clothing, so to speak. We encountered plenty of these and left them alone as they are harmless and keep down mosquitoes & flies.

Wolf Spider – shy, non-aggressive – a sheep in wolf’s clothing, so to speak. We encountered plenty of these and left them alone as they are harmless and keep down mosquitoes & flies.

and sods we’ve encountered in our various travels. All photos of snakes and spiders are not taken by me, by the way, for obvious reasons!

Warning: photos of snakes and spiders – if you don’t like these, don’t read on!

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10 thoughts on “Of Birds & Beasties 2

  1. I’m not keen on the creepy slithery things either. When my husband was in the UK, I realised we’d got a carpet python in our roof when a possum that had been banging around went quiet overnight. So I panicked as I was on my own, stuck newspaper and tissue in any hole in the ceiling I could find, as it was an old house, and my husband had hysterics when he finally came back from the UK, pointing out that some holes were so small a worm would have a hard time getting through!

    • Do you know, I have no idea, Rita. It does mean to poke your nose around something or be nosy but what the origin is is anybody’s guess. I do think it’s Australian in origin though. Used without thinking I’m so used to it!

  2. Oh wow!!! The Echidna is SO cute!! :D My grannie used to have a tea-towel from our Aussie rellies with a drawing of one on, I’ve never seen a real photo of one before though! Amazing!! :) Not so keen on the snakes snakes though! :) xx

    • When my friend came to stay in Victoria, we were driving along a road when we noticed an echnida at the side. My friend was so excited to take a movie shot of it as it puttered along, and again it was sort of muttering to itself!

    • They were quite harmless and I did get a pic of two of the mating. I posted it under “Frog Porn” which I thought was quite funny, but then I found that putting “porn” as the heading of your post is a real no-no as I got some really whacko people turning up!

  3. I’m a fan of Wolf Spiders and while we used to ‘catch and release’ now they get to stay around in the basement. They’re no bother and help keep bugs away (even creepy centipedes!). Okay I just used ‘creepy’ from a Canuck to an Auzzie! You all definitely win the prize for scariest creatures, and venomous snakes do freak me out. We only have Rattlers and they are rather timid fellows. Love how the Echidna ‘muttered to itself’ since the time I saw a porcupine it was doing the same thing! I like all creatures and truly enjoyed this post!! Thanks for sharing some of your local critters! (the horses are my faves)

  4. We used to leave wolf and huntsman spiders around the house, they minded their own business and we minded our own – co-existence! We did have a snake in the house once and it was really scary but it took itself off, thank goodness, as it was a poisonous brown snake. And yes, Aussies use “creepy” too, and no, I don’t like centipedes either! The horses were lovely, very nosy, used to check us out as soon as we got up and went into the fresh air.

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